An old-fashioned favorite, black-eyed Susan vine is beloved for cheerful yellow blossoms that unfurl with abandon from midsummer until the first frost. A little slow to get started in spring and early summer, black-eyed Susan begins to grow with gusto at a time when many perennials and some annuals take a midsummer break. This climbing plant will quickly ramble up a short trellis and is especially striking when trailing from a window box or hanging basket. Easy to grow from seed, black-eyed Susan vine can be started indoors or outdoors.
The black-eyed Susan vine Thunbergia alata is a frequent sight in hanging baskets at the garden center. This flowering vine is as easy to care for as it is charming. The flowers look daisy-like at a distance, with five overlapping, solid-colored petals surround a brownish-purple center tube. The medium green leaves are a little coarse and grow opposite one another—they can be either heart-shaped or have a lance-like arrowhead shape. This vine is native to eastern Africa and grows as a perennial in tropical climates.
The Black-Eyed Susan is the posterchild of the late summer season. As August starts to wind down, these cheery Rudbeckias begin to pop up in flowerbeds across the country. These flowers love being out in the full sunlight, stretching its petals to the sky to absorb the rays in the dying days of summer. These bright, colorful flowers come in shades of orange, lemon-yellow, and gold.
Black-eyed Susans Rudbeckia hirta are native to North America and one of the most popular wildflowers grown. Butterflies, bees, and a variety of insects are attracted to the flowers for the nectar. These plants bloom from June to October. Black-eyed Susans are meant to symbolize justice.